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Whistler wonderful

Whether you alpine ski or not, the famous resort area offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing plus dining, spas and arts & culture

21 November 2012

I’m a life-long skier who married a non-skier. My husband’s travel dreams never included boots and goggles. That situation might challenge some couples, families or groups, but choosing spectacular Whistler-Blackcomb as my ski destination solves the problem. The resort area offers so much beyond skiing and boarding that no one ever gets bored.

Go sky high between mountain peaks: Easily combine the skier’s day with the non-skier’s day as you ride up from the base together on the smaller Whistler Gondola, eat really good food in the Round House, ride astonishing Peak2Peak Gondola and then go your separate ways. There’s nothing else on earth like Peak2Peak – an engineering marvel that connects the tops of two separate mountain peaks, comfortably whisking you 4.4 km (2.7 miles) through the sky between them.

Indulge your foodie side: There are far more great places to eat in Whistler than you can try on one vacation. The folks behind Whistler Tasting Tours help you get a decent sampling. One of their tours introduced me to the best Greek lamb I’ve ever tasted.

Try it, you might actually like it! Who says the non-skier/boarder can’t become one? Whistler’s ski school offers beginner lessons for adults.

Get a dose of culture: Whistler is in an area people have called home for centuries. The Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre gets you in touch with the culture of the area’s Native people. Whistler’s many galleries offer fine art lovers a multitude of viewing choices, plus there are performing arts, a winter arts festival and more. February offers a week-long LGBT WinterPRIDE festival.

Go into a winter wonderland: Cross-country skiing is much easier to learn than downhill skiing/boarding, and snowshoeing is even easier. There are three facilities in the Whistler area offering these activities, and lessons are available.

Relax and get steamy: Ski resorts and spas seem to go hand-in-hand, and Whistler offers plenty of spa options. A popular choice is the Scandinave Spa, where you can soak in a variety of outdoor pools and splash under a waterfall while situated in the middle of nature.

But wait…there’s more! Snowmobile, dogsled, go zip-lining (yes, in winter), try the Olympic skeleton, sip coffees…and maybe the non-skier will even find time to shop at legendary Canadian brands including Lululemon and Roots.

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